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150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi Celebrated in Skokie

CHICAGO, IL: World Environment Day and to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Members of Gandhi Memorial Chicago [GMC], supported by the Consulate General of India [CGI], Chicago and in partnership with the Village of Skokie at Gandhi Statue in Heritage Park at McCormick Blvd’ Tree Planting Event was on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 at 11:30 noon.

United Nations had declared June 5, 2019 as the Environment Day and urged the citizens of the world to plant as many trees as they could around them. The GMC determined that the surrounding of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, in the Skokie Sculpture Park, would be an ideal place to celebrate this event.

As the event began, Hon. George Van Dusen, Mayor of Skokie, arrived right on time at Gandhi statue at 11.30 a.m. The CGI and the Consulate staff had already arrived.

Amidst a gathering of score of guests, the Master of Ceremony, Shri Satish Chander, started the program with the singing of ‘Raghu Pati Raghav Raja Ram’. He also guided the enthusiastic crowd to the whole-hearted loud slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

This Mayor addressed the crowd followed by CGI who spoke about the significance of Environment Day.

From thereon, the Skokie Forester Cathy took control of the proceedings. She had pre- selected five spots in the ground around Gandhi statue to plant two shady and three flowering trees in the area.

Refreshments, tea and water bottles served to the guests. Dr. C.M. Modi, MD, Chairperson (GMC) happily interacted with the guests.

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